Not Valid for Submission
H50.6 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of mechanical strabismus. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.
Specific Coding for Mechanical strabismus
Non-specific codes like H50.6 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for mechanical strabismus:
- STRABISMUS-. misalignment of the visual axes of the eyes. in comitant strabismus the degree of ocular misalignment does not vary with the direction of gaze. in noncomitant strabismus the degree of misalignment varies depending on direction of gaze or which eye is fixating on the target. miller walsh & hoyt's clinical neuro ophthalmology 4th ed p641
Information for Patients
Eye Movement Disorders
When you look at an object, you're using several muscles to move both eyes to focus on it. If you have a problem with the muscles, the eyes don't work properly.
There are many kinds of eye movement disorders. Two common ones are
- Strabismus - a disorder in which the two eyes don't line up in the same direction. This results in "crossed eyes" or "walleye."
- Nystagmus - fast, uncontrollable movements of the eyes, sometimes called "dancing eyes"
Some eye movement disorders are present at birth. Others develop over time and may be associated with other problems, such as injuries. Treatments include glasses, patches, eye muscle exercises, and surgery. There is no cure for some kinds of eye movement disorders, such as most kinds of nystagmus.
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